TxDOT chief leaves to take over water authority

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 7:02 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas secretary of state and most recently head of the state's department of transportation has been chosen as the next general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The water authority's governing board named Phil Wilson to the position Wednesday. The authority's outgoing leader, Becky Motal, who announced her retirement in September will depart Dec. 31.

The Austin American-Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1kWokKT ) that authority board chairman Tim Timmerman said Wilson was chosen from more than 100 candidates. Wilson is a former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Rick Perry. He was named secretary of state in 2007, left to work for Luminant Energy in 2008 and then took over the department of transportation in 2011.

The water authority manages water resources and provides electricity.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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